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A Golden Opportunity Lies Ahead for New York Giants

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With just two wins through the first half of the 2013 season, the New York Giants should be buried. Instead, the NFC East has graciously breathed hopeful air into New York’s lungs.

The Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East with a record of just 5-4, which is the lowest winning percentage of any division leader in the NFL.

As the possibility of the playoffs still lingers on the horizon, New York must look at the second half of 2013 as a whole new season. The Giants can put their first half failures behind them and make a push at first place in the division with a string of victories. Luckily for them, their schedule immediately after their bye is extremely favorable.

The road back into the playoff race starts with a home game against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders, while not as weak as past years, are 3-5 and their wins have come against the Jaguars, the Chargers and the Steelers (three teams that have a winning percentage of .500 or under). To top it off, Terrelle Pryor, Oakland’s starting quarterback, is nursing a knee sprain he suffered a week ago.

After Oakland the Green Bay Packers visit MetLife. At full health the Packers are one of the better teams in the entire NFC. However, Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone against Chicago and will likely be sidelined for this Week 11 matchup. In his place, Seneca Wallace will look to lead a battered Green Bay offense.

These are back-to-back games that are very winnable, and a couple of victories should catapult the Giants right back into the mix. But as good as the matchups look on paper, New York still has to perform out on the field.

After Green Bay the Cowboys come into town. The opportunities are out there; now the Giants must take advantage.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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